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Watch & Learn: SLAYERS #1

Black magic was never this quaint.

 She must&squot;ve cast a "silicon spell" somewhere between here and the show.
 She must've cast a "silicon spell" somewhere between here and the show.

Well, that was a lot quainter than I expected. Retro,even. Flatter colors, more limited animation, often inappropriate voice actors…this is definitely an old school anime. I was getting some serious synesthesia-style mixing up of memories while watching this. It reminded me of old school anime so much that I could even smell the kind of plastic they used to pack VHS tapes at the store where I was first introduced to likes of ESCAFLOWNE (however many years ago, now.)

Getting back to what I was saying about the quaintness… for a show whose title recalls that heavy metal and reigns of blood, there’s something disarmingly amiable about the plot and pacing of this. I can totally see how it hit all the clichés that annoy so many outsiders about anime, though. I feel like I’d actually be put off it by it if it were made more recently, so there’s something to be said about the soothing musk of nostalgia. As is, this was a nice, light and gentle goof on all the sword and sorcery tropes that RECORD OF LODOSS WAR seemed so hopelessly lacking in self-awareness for.

Weren’t a lot of you warning me about this being really lewd? I’m not seeing anything especially cheeky, here. The love interest dude even makes a running joke out of how the lead girl isn’t especially well-endowed (an insult she takes with an unrealistic amount of good humor, I’ll add.) This actually makes SACRED BLACKSMITH look positively burlesque by comparison.

While this hasn’t grabbed my imagination as well as other shows, it’s certainly still a contender for further watching - - especially if the old man with Cain’s hair-do and Gargumel’s voice.

Watch this episode "ANGRY? Lina Furious Dragon Slave" below and decide for yourself.  


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PenguinDuston May 2, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
It's one of my all time favorites.  Of course, it's going to look old since it came out in 1995.  It should be noted that the Escaflowne you reference came out a year later in 1996. 

Seeing episode 1 is good but the show really picks up with the addition of Amelia and Zel later on (around eps. 9 I think).  There were two more seasons made in the 90's and a 4th made in 2008

As for the reported lewdness, well I think except for a few jokes it's all pretty tame.  People might have been thinking about the OVAs put out after the first set of series ended featuring an older Lina and her top heavy rival, Naga

Destinyheroknighton May 2, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
@PenguinDust: 

People might have been thinking about the OVAs put out after the first set of series ended featuring an older Lina and her top heavy rival, Naga

The OVAs take place before the others series, and also Lina was younger 

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